Teaching my daughter the rules of friendship (according to me)

Recently, my daughter – Lou – has made a new friend – let’s call her Lily.  Lily and Lou have known each other since year one, when they started in the same class, but have never played together before.  Then, with the lighter nights of summer, Lily – who lives six doors down from us in the next street – started knocking on our door asking Lou if she wanted to play out.
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After talking to Lily’s mom, despite much nervousness, I said yes.  The girls are nine after all and need to be given some independence and I wanted Lou, who always plays with boys at school, to maybe build a good female friendship – one that would see her through her school years. On paper, Lily and Lou have a lot in common, so I thought, “why not?” Continue reading “Teaching my daughter the rules of friendship (according to me)”